U.S. House of Representatives passes anti-EPA CARS Act

Casey Maxon

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales (CARS) Act, legislation that directly targets President Biden’s federal regulations that take aim at petroleum-powered vehicles.

The vote was 221-197, with every Republican and five Democrat members of Congress voting in favor of the CARS Act. The legislation was introduced five months ago in response to tailpipe emissions regulation proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in April that, the White House claims, could result in 67 percent of new car, SUV and light truck purchases, up to 50 percent of bus and garbage truck purchases, and up to 25 percent of long-haul trucks going electric by 2032.

“The passage of the CARS Act is a massive victory for every consumer and the entire American auto industry,” Representative Tim Walberg (R-Michigan), one of the bill’s sponsors, told Fox News Digital. “Biden’s mandate has always been unrealistic, and a textbook study on how central planning and Bidenomics simply do not work. Mandating EVs has never been a responsible or affordable solution.

“Just last week, nearly 4000 car dealers sent a letter to the Biden administration asking them to reconsider their EV mandate, citing a lack of demand from consumers. Today, with the passage of the CARS Act, the House showed we’re listening,” said Walberg.

MY24 Chevrolet Equinox EV 3LT charging port

If passed into law, the CARS Act would prohibit the EPA from finalizing proposed federal emissions standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles for model years 2027 to 2032. The CARS Act also prevents future EPA emissions regulations that would mandate certain technologies or limit the availability of vehicles based on engine type.

“Thousands of small businesses and their employees will be adversely impacted by this proposal’s overly aggressive push to electrify America’s automotive sector,” said SEMA president and CEO Mike Spagnola. “There are many options on the road to zero emissions. American-grown biofuels, carbon capture and innovations in engine production are all aimed at this shared goal.”

U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska) have introduced a bipartisan companion version of the CARS Act in the Senate. The bill has 33 co-sponsors and awaits consideration in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Smog test tailpipe probe
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Not everyone supports neutering the EPA’s ability to lessen the impact of motor vehicles. “Tailpipe pollution causes tens of thousands of premature deaths nationwide each year, especially in communities of color,” said Chelsea Hodgkins, senior zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) advocate with Public Citizen’s Climate Program. “EPA must uphold its commitment to environmental justice this year by issuing the strongest clean car standards.”

The White House issued a statement saying it “strongly opposes” the CARS act, and if the president is presented with the bill, “he would veto it.”

“We’re grateful to the Biden Administration for opposing this ridiculous attempt by House Republicans to block important climate and clean air safeguards for the American public,” said Sierra Club Legislative Director Melinda Pierce. “Our communities are suffering from poor air quality and worsening climate impacts—pollution from our cars and trucks is a major contributor to both.

“The White House and the EPA rightfully see electrifying vehicles—among other clean transportation priorities like expanding transit and investing in infrastructure for safer streets—as central to tackling the climate crisis and protecting public health. The EPA’s clean car standards can deliver massive benefits to local communities, while saving people money on gas.”




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